Interesting low speed vibration, 5KQ and 5KTQ

Mark J. Besso mbspeed at
Wed May 28 19:24:49 PDT 2008

On Wed, 28 May 2008 19:03:32 -0700
  "john at" <john at> wrote:

  Mark J. Besso wrote:
> Is there anything you can do at that speed that makes it NOT happen? 
> (steering, braking, clutch-in, etc.)
> Is it under braking as well as acceleration?  Is the vibration felt 
> throughout the vehicle or just in the steering wheel?  Is there any 
> noise associated with the vibration?
> Any chance one of the wheels isn't properly tightened?  If so, I pray 
> you check BEFORE the next road test!
> ~Mark
> On Wed, 28 May 2008 14:47:27 -0700
>  "john at" <john at> wrote:
>  A new one to me, 86 5KTQ has a low speed vibration, feels like a
>  driveshaft U-joint when leaving from a stop.  Throttle position isn't a
>  factor, only speed.  After about 20 MPH, the vibration is gone. Doesn't
>  matter whether you start out in first or second gear. I thought maybe
>  we'd disturbed something when we did the clutch, but a phone call from
>  another customer yesterday is making me rethink that conclusion.  In his
>  87 5KQ, the vibration appeared 7 years after the clutch job, leading me
>  to believe it may not be related.  The driveshaft guy says it's not a
>  normal symptom of a driveshaft failure, but these aren't something with
>  which they deal with any real frequency.  Any hints/questions/BTDTs out
>  there that might help me solve this problem?  Lotsa miles on both cars, BTW.
>  TIA, John
  Under acceleration, feel it through the floor, 2 different cars,
wheels torqued properly, new tires on the 5KTQ, did it before the new
tires and rear suspension repairs (I first noticed it after the clutch
job, but the car was nearly undriveable because the TO arm had gone
through the pressure plate. As I said before, the amount of throttle
pressure has little effect.  At light throttle the vibration is
lighter, at hard throttle it's harder, but it's ALWAYS there under
load until you reach about 20-25 MPH.  It sure feels like it's
happening at driveshaft speed .................  John

Top-posted, bottom-posted -- all in the same thread.......Brett ought to be 
screaming at me any moment.

John, my first inclination would be to inspect the rubber around the 
center-support bearing; between the two driveshafts.  If the bearing itself 
is okay, but the rubber is worn/torn/gone you may get the symptoms you 


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